Wax myrtle. A large evergreen shrub from North America, possibly naturalised in S.England; grows to 9 m (30 ft) high. The leaves and fruits are used as a flavouring and made into a tea; the root bark and leaves are used medicinally. The waxy covering of the fruit can be melted off and used to make aromatic candles and soaps. A blue dye is obtained from the fruits. Makes a good informal hedge; also a bee plant. A good nitrogen-fixing understorey plant. Dioecious; likes a moist, acid or neutral soil and tolerates considerable shade; hardy to -20°C.
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